* The 58th year of Shouwa, early summer
It's June, and the summer heat has arrived earlier than it does most years.
By day there are crickets, and by night there are cicadas.

We're in Hinamizawa, a small village in the countryside.
There are fewer than two thousand people here. But every year, there is an event.

This event is a mysterious death.
(The series has run from 1979 to 1983)

On a certain day in June, someone dies, and someone else goes missing.
The series of deaths is connected to the upheaval surrounding the dam construction project.
A murder case that was covered up is being reenacted.
Is it a conspiracy? A coincidence? Or perhaps a curse?

Someone who was supposed to be there isn't.
Someone who wasn't supposed to be there is.

Someone who was alive last night is dead now.
And someone who is here right now isn't alive.

So, there is no way to avert tragedy. There is no choice but to give up.
But don't give up.

Only you can stand up to this.

* Higurashi When They Cry is a sound novel.

The music, backgrounds and characters work together to create a world that is the stage of a novel for the user to read. They laugh and cry and get angry. The user takes the point of view of the protagonist to experience the story.

An important point to note here is the absence of what is commonly called choices and forks. This means that you are freed from the tedious saving and loading, the searching for events and routes, and can instead enjoy the story from the beginning to the end.

Nevertheless, this is a game, not a novel.
As the player, you will be able to unravel the mystery surrounding the events in the game as the scenarios unfold.

You can ponder on the nature of the mystery by yourself when you're on the train, you can discuss it with your friends, you can search for clues on the Internet or you can even file complaints on the circle's website. The choice is yours.

This is Higurashi When They Cry, a serial murder themed sound novel that doesn't offer you any choices, but does offer you the opportunity to search for the truth yourself. Will you fear? Will you become engrossed? Will you face the challenge? Only you can decide how to enjoy the story.

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9 comments by Protektor on Sep 27th, 2012

Higurashi When They Cry takes place during June 1983, at a fictional rural village called Hinamizawa, which has a population of approximately 2000. The main character, Keiichi Maebara, moves to Hinamizawa and befriends his new classmates Rena Ryugu, Mion Sonozaki, Rika Furude, and Satoko Hojo. Keiichi joins their after-school club activities, which consist mostly of card and board games (and punishment games for the loser, usually him.) Hinamizawa appears to be a normal, peaceful, rural village to Keiichi. However, the tranquility abruptly ends after the annual Watanagashi Festival, a celebration to commemorate and give thanks to the local god, Oyashiro-sama. Keiichi learns that every year for the past four years, one person has been murdered and another has gone missing on the day of the Watanagashi Festival. Keiichi himself soon becomes drawn into the strange events surrounding the Watanagashi Festival and Oyashiro-sama.

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Sep 28, 2012 Demo 1 comment

The trial version of Higurashi When They Cry that features the full 1st chapter, Onikakushi-hen.

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DemigothCEmo
DemigothCEmo Dec 27 2013, 2:21am says:

dude, how many arcs does the free game have?

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Toyotame
Toyotame Oct 16 2013, 2:30pm says:

For a limited time its here for 0.75$ Groupees.com

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Vukodlahk
Vukodlahk Aug 25 2013, 9:58am says:

1 of the best anime ive watched! HOPE THE GAME IS GOOD :D

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Tsubakilikeshigurash
Tsubakilikeshigurash May 10 2013, 9:38pm says:

Why don’t it download?!

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Tabi
Tabi Feb 23 2013, 2:09am says:

Does this support Japanese?

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Ondechoc
Ondechoc Mar 15 2013, 5:32pm replied:

It doesn't.

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Endless_Ushiromiya
Endless_Ushiromiya Oct 11 2012, 9:40pm says:

Wow, I didn't know this was on here! $20? I already own the game, but I will say that this is a must-have!!

Anything that 07th Expansion has written is amazing! My username is a testament to that.

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tenshi-a
tenshi-a Oct 6 2012, 8:57am says:

Does this include the full game; both question and answer arcs?

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Yirba
Yirba Oct 15 2012, 2:43pm replied:

I believe it only includes the four question arcs. I suspect the answer arcs will be available in future, otherwise they can be purchased elsewhere.

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tenshi-a
tenshi-a Oct 16 2012, 3:33pm replied:

Ah, thanks. Thought as much. I think I'll wait and see if they release a bundle here.

It'd drive me crazy to only have half the story. Not crazy enough to scratch out my own throat, but you know what I mean. ;)

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